The Violets of March is a debut novel by Sarah Jio. The protagonist is suffering from writer's block and her husband just left her for another woman. Hoping to heal, she escapes to her great aunt's home on Bainbridge Island in Washington state. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life. The intriguing dual story line is done very well and the idyllic setting and real characters make this a highly recommended read.
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